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Hi I'm Ian Wilson

Hi. An exciting new adventure is about to begin for my wife and I.

About Me

I currently live in the United States, but I was born in Canada. My parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England (my mother) and in Scotland (my father). They immigrated to Canada where they met and married. After a mission to France and Belgium, I attended BYU where I had a wonderful experience and met my good wife. We returned to Canada to attend graduate school. I obtained a Ph.D. and began a career in higher education. A few years later, I obtained a job with a university in the United States as dean of the school of business. I have spent most of my career in higher education in various administrative roles including dean, vice president of development and vice president of academic affairs. I love the university environment and the energy that surrounds academia. The young people of this day are great. I encourage every young person I can to graduate from high school and attend university. It is critically important for both women and men. After a wonderful career in higher education, I retired this year. My wife and I are planning to go on a mission. We have four children and 16 grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with the family, reading and golf (although that is more of a frustration that a relaxation).

Why I am a Mormon

I have a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that he restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. He saw Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ when he prayed in the sacred grove. He gave us the Book of Mormon through the translation of the gold plates given to him by the angel Moroni. The Book of Mormon is a second witness of the Savior’s divine mission and contains the fullness of the gospel. I know the priesthood was restored to the earth through Joseph Smith and contains the authority and power to preforms all the saving ordinances required for our salvation. I know that Jesus Christ is our Redeemer who took upon himself our sins that we might be forgiven through repentance and obedience to the commandments of the gospel. Why do I believe the gospel of Jesus Christ is true? The Lord promised that by the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth, we can know the truth of all things. I put that promise to the test. I attend church religion classes during high school. One year when we were studying the Book of Mormon, I wanted to know for myself that the Book of Mormon was true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet. This is how it happened with me. I had been praying for my own testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. I prayed for some period of time. One day I was walking to school by myself. My mind went to the Prophet Joseph Smith. Is he a true prophet? Then a warm feeling came over me that he was a prophet and the Book of Mormon was true. This was not a feeling I generated. It came all of a sudden. It was strong. It was not a feeling I had felt before. That experience, as well as others in my life, has been the foundation of my belief in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I grew up in an area where there were not many members of the LDS faith. I was the only Mormon in my high school and in graduate school. I had many opportunities to share the gospel and be an example of a faithful Latter-day Saint. My friends would notice that I didn't drink, smoke or swear. This opened the door for me to talk about my faith and the blessings of the gospel in my life. It is a challenging time for young people today. There are so many diverse and contradictory voices pulling our youth in many, and not so productive, directions. There are very few positive and upstanding role models for them. I have had several teaching opportunities with the youth. They need support and assistance in managing the challenges they face, but I have found them to be responsive and eager to learn and anxious to be positive contributors to the community and to their faith.